IT FINALLY CAME INTO THE LIBRARY ONLINE CIRCULATION! Ahem. Let me start again… way back when, eons ago (it was about two and a half years so, you know, eons) I read a little book called Cinder, about a mechanic in New Bejing in some futuristic world. This mechanic was a cyborg, and the story was Cinderella. In this world, the Earth is at peace, and the Queen of the Lunar Colony is making a political play for the throne. It was absolutely awesome, and one of the first things I did when I arrived here was try and get Scarlet (red riding hood and genetically engineered mutant human-wolf soldiers), and Cress (sub-orbital hacker gets an attempt at freedom and has to scoot across a desert). But, I was never able to get hold of Winter, the Snow White of the series. What’s impressive about this series is that each book feels like it doubles in size. Cinder is relatively small, Scarlet a bit bigger, then it double to 500 for Cress, and to 850 for Winter! I suppose it is the book to tie the series up….
Title: Winter, The Lunar Chronicles
Author: Marissa Meyer
Format: Paperback, library
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestelling Lunar Chronicles series.
The Goodreads Blurb
This is, as I have already said, the final in the series – it’s the big kahuna. The band of renegades have reached Luna, and everything is going spectacularly against their plan – as you might expect. I had forgotten what most of the character were like, so it was probably a good thing I had a huge chunk of time before books in the series. I imagine going straight from Cress to Winter would have made me supremely irritated with all the characters (except Iko – she’s awesome). There were a lot of characters to keep track of by the fourth book. There is Cinder, Kai and Iko (from book 1), plus Thorne, Wolf and Scarlet (From book 2), Cinder and Jacin (Book 3) and finally Winter and… I’ve probably forgotten somewhere.
Plot wise, it was fairly standard early YA fare – viva revolution and all that, except Winter has a huge part in stirring up the revolution, and her and Scarlet’s reluctant friendship was quite … I can’t say lovely because Scarlet can be really cutting to Winter, but also, she’s determined to keep Winter safe? Anyway. I liked it. Jacin annoyed me so much, Cress can be supremely naive, but she spent most of her life on a spaceship watching TV drama so – fair. My absolute favourite was android-with-a-faulty-personality-chip Iko (which is pretty on brand, the droids are my favourite bit of Star Wars as well).
One of the things I do like about this series is how the fairytales have been reworked to fit this futuristic world where cyborgs are second rate citizens ect. It was interesting from the point of view of second-rate citizens and oppression and overcoming personal as well as external factors. I really liked the spin on the poison apple from Snow White. But seriously, I love that Meyer looked at fairytales and went “you know what? This needs a little more cybernetics”. That being said, it was very teen-y, and there was a lot of mooning over their stranded significant other (Wolf is near useless while Scarlet isn’t there), which got a bit annoying.
Look, it was good, I’m glad I was able to finish the series, and I liked the twist on the fairytales – but the fact still remains that Winter is really sodding long. The plot begins to feel a bit repetitive or cyclic (Yey, we’re all together! Oh no, we’ve had to split up and now it’s going wrong) towards the halfway point, so some sections felt a little unnecessary.
I can’t decide what to read next. Do I continue my super chunky books spree and read American Gods or do I go for something a little slimmer like The Vagina Monologues, or Maggie Nelson’s The Argonoughts? I’ve had to impose a ban of sorts – the next three books I read have to come from my paperback TBR list, so no more library or kindle books for the next few weeks (I have no doubt that this will not last).